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SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS, A

by Alan Ayckbourn

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GenreDrama
Previews from01 Apr 2014
Opens08 Apr 2014
Booking to27 Aug 2014
Closes27 Aug 2014
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PerformersNigel Lindsay (Jack McCracken), Debra Gillett, Gawn Grainger, Amanda Hadingue, Amy Marston, Gerard Monaco, Samuel Taylor, Niky Wardley.
DirectorAdam Penford
DesignTim Hatley
LightingPaul Anderson
Choreography
Costume
SoundGareth Fry
Producer National Theatre
SynopsisA 'riotous exposure' of entrepreneurial greed. Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.
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Length2hrs 45mins
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MEDEA

by Euripides, new version by Ben Power

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GenreDrama
Previews from14 Jul 2014
Opens21 Jul 2014
Booking to04 Sep 2014
Closes04 Sep 2014
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PerformersHelen McCrory (Medea), Dominic Rowan, Michaela Coel, Danny Sapani, Cath Whitefield, T’Jai Adu-Yeboah, Lorna Brown, Ricco Godfrey Brown, Vivien Carter, Simon Desborough, Amy Griffiths, Adrian Grove, Hazel Holder, Trevor Imani, Jane Leaney, Joel McDermott, Caroline Martin, Daisy Maywood, Jude Pearce, YuYu Rau, Petra Soor, Clemmie Sveaas, Naomi Tadevossian, Martin Turner, Toby Wharton, Kyron Wilson and Jane Wymark.
DirectorCarrie Cracknell
DesignTom Scutt
LightingLucy Carter
ChoreographyLucy Guerin
Costume
SoundGregory Clarke
Producer National Theatre
SynopsisMedea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she has left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
B/O Price£15 - £35
Length1hr 30min
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JAMES I: THE KEY WILL KEEP THE LOCK (Part of The James Plays)

The James Plays are a trio of new history plays by Rona Munro

     

GenreDrama
Previews from10 Sep 2014
Opens25 Sep 2014
Booking to28 Oct 2014
Closes28 Oct 2014
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PerformersJames McArdle (James I), Blythe Duff (Isabella), Peter Forbes (Balvenie), Gordon Kennedy (Murdac), Andrew Rothney (Walter Stewart), Mark Rowley (Alisdair Stewart), Cameron Barnes (Big James), Jamie Sives (Henry V), Sarah Higgins (Meg), Stephanie Hyam (Joan), Daniel Cahill (Earl of Douglas), Ali Craig, Alasdair Macrae, David Mara, Beth Marshall, Rona Morison, Fiona Wood
DirectorLaurie Sansom
DesignJon Bausor
LightingPhilip Gladwell
Choreography
Costume
SoundChristopher Shutt and Nick Sagar
Producer National Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Edinburgh International Festival
SynopsisJames I explores the complex character of the colourful Stewart king – poet, lover and law-maker. Captured at the age of 13 and crowned King of Scots in an English prison, James I of Scotland is delivered home 18 years later with a ransom on his head and a new English bride. The nation he returns to is poor; the royal coffers empty and his nobles ready to tear him apart at the first sign of weakness. Determined to bring the rule of law to a land riven by warring factions, James faces terrible choices if he is to save himself, his Queen and the crown.
B/O Price£15 - £35
Length
Other Info** THE JAMES PLAYS bring to life three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century. Each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future.
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JAMES II: DAY OF THE INNOCENTS (Part of The James Plays)

The James Plays are a trio of new history plays by Rona Munro

     

GenreDrama
Previews from15 Sep 2014
Opens25 Sep 2014
Booking to29 Oct 2014
Closes29 Oct 2014
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PerformersAndrew Rothney (James II), Mark Rowley (William), Blythe Duff (Isabella), Peter Forbes (Balvenie), Gordon Kennedy (Livingston), Ali Craig (Crichton), Cameron Barnes (Bullheaded Man), Rona Morison (Annabella), Sarah Higgins (Meg), Stephanie Hyam (Joan and Mary), Daniel Cahill , Alasdair Macrae, David Mara, Beth Marshall, Fiona Wood
DirectorLaurie Sansom
DesignJon Bausor
LightingPhilip Gladwell
Choreography
Costume
SoundChristopher Shutt and Nick Sagar
Producer National Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Edinburgh International Festival
SynopsisA violent royal playground is depicted in James II: a terrifying arena of sharp teeth and long knives. James II becomes the prize in a vicious game between Scotland’s most powerful families. Crowned when only six, abandoned by his mother and separated from his sisters, the child king is little more than a puppet. There is only one friend he can trust: William, the future Earl of Douglas. As James approaches adulthood in an ever more threatening world, he must fight to keep his tenuous grip on the crown while the nightmares of his childhood rise up once more.
B/O Price£15 - £35
Length
Other Info** THE JAMES PLAYS bring to life three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century. Each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future.
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JAMES III: THE TRUE MIRROR (Part of The James Plays)

The James Plays are a trio of new history plays by Rona Munro

     

GenreDrama
Previews from19 Sep 2014
Opens25 Sep 2014
Booking to29 Oct 2014
Closes29 Oct 2014
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PerformersJamie Sives (James III), Sofie Grabol (Queen Margaret), Blythe Duff (Annabella), Gordon Kennedy (John), Andrew Rothney (Cochran), Mark Rowley (Ramsay), Ali Craig (Sandy), Sarah Higgins (Meg’s ghost), Stephanie Hyam (Joan’s ghost), Daniel Cahill (Jamie), Fiona Wood (Daisy), David Mara (Bishop), Rona Morison (Phemy), Alasdair Macrae (Phemy), Cameron Barnes (Phemy), Beth Marshall
DirectorLaurie Sansom
DesignJon Bausor
LightingPhilip Gladwell
Choreography
Costume
SoundChristopher Shutt and Nick Sagar
Producer National Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Edinburgh International Festival
SynopsisCharismatic, cultured and obsessed with grandiose schemes that his nation can ill afford, James III is by turns loved and loathed. Scotland thunders dangerously close to civil war, but its future may be decided by James’ resourceful and resilient wife, Queen Margaret of Denmark. Her love and clear vision can save a fragile monarchy and rescue a struggling people.
B/O Price£15 - £35
Length
Other Info** THE JAMES PLAYS bring to life three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century. Each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future.
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BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS

by David Hare based on the book by Katherine Boo

     

GenreDrama
Previews from10 Nov 2014
Opens18 Nov 2014
Booking to14 Jan 2014
Closes
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PerformersMeera Syal, Stephanie Street, Shane Zaza, Gavi Singh Chera
DirectorRufus Norris
DesignKatrina Lindsay
LightingPaule Constable
Choreography
Costume
SoundPaul Arditti
Producer National Theatre
SynopsisIndia is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate. But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.
B/O Price£15 to £50
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TREASURE ISLAND

by Robert Louis Stevenson, adaptation by Bryony Lavery

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GenreDrama
Previews from03 Dec 2014
Opens10 Dec 2014
Booking to19 Feb 2015
Closes
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PerformersPatsy Ferran (Jim)
DirectorPolly Findlay
DesignLizzie Clachan
LightingBruno Poet
Choreography
Costume
SoundDan Jones
Producer National Theatre
SynopsisFollows Young Jim Hawkins and his motley crew across the ocean in their search for hidden pirate spoils.
B/O Price£15 - £50
Length
Other Infosuitable for those aged 10 and over.
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Venue Details
Olivier at National Theatre
South bank, London, SE1 9PX
(south side of Waterloo Bridge)
Tube: Waterloo
Tel: 020 7452 3000

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